Spotted Fritillary

Melitaea didyma (mell-it-EE-uh DID-ee-muh)

Spotted Fritillary - Cantabria N-Spain
Photo © johnb
 

Wingspan
Male: 40 - 48mm
Female: 42 - 50mm

Checklist Number
59.035

Family:NymphalidaeRafinesque, 1815
Subfamily:NymphalinaeRafinesque, 1815
Tribe:MelitaeiniNewman, 1871
Genus:MelitaeaFabricius, 1807
Subgenus:  
Species:didyma(Esper, 1779)

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Introduction

A single specimen was caught near Dumfries in Scotland, in June 1866, believed to be an accidental introduction. No more specimens were seen until 6th August 1986 when several individuals were seen flying in Fobbing Marshes in South Essex. These were believed to have been accidentally introduced, possibly the result of a gravid female being transported and subsequently laying.

Melitaea didyma

This species was first defined in Esper (1779) as shown here and as shown in this plate (type locality: Germany).

Spotted Fritillary - The Luberon Hills - Provence - 07/07/14

Male
Photo © William

Spotted Fritillary - male - Borsodi Mez?ségi, Hungary - 04-Jul-12

Male Underside
Photo © Pete Eeles

Spotted Frit f M. didyma 20.07.2014 Provence [Tim Norriss]

Female
Photo © Tim Norriss

Spotted Fritillary - Alpes-Maritimes - 12 August 2011

Female Underside
Photo © CFB

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History

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Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

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Distribution

1.3 Unknown
 

This distribution status of this species is unknown.

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Melitaea didyma

Photo © William
07-Jul-2014

Spotted Fritillary - Alpes-Maritimes - 12 August 2011

Photo © CFB
23-Aug-2011

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Mount Kerkini, Greece -09-Jun-09 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
09-Jun-2009

Spotted Fritillary - June 19th 2012 - Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain

Photo © Nigel Kiteley
19-Jun-2012

Spotted Frit M. didyma 22.07.2014 Provence [Tim Norriss]

Photo © Tim Norriss

Spotted Fritillary - Alpes-Maritimes - 27 May 2014

Photo © CFB
27-May-2014

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Gola del Infernaccio, Monti Sibillini, Italy - 17-Jun-08 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles
17-Jun-2008

Spotted Fritillary - July 17th 2012 - Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain

Photo © Nigel Kiteley
17-Jul-2012

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Monti Sibillini, Italy - 15-Jun-08 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
15-Jun-2008

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Sarnano, Italy - 18-Jun-08 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
18-Jun-2008

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Gola del Infernaccio, Monti Sibillini, Italy - 17-Jun-08 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
17-Jun-2008

Spotted Fritillary - The Luberon Hills - Provence - 07/07/14

Photo © William
07-Jul-2014

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Bukk, Hungary - 09-Jul-06 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles
09-Jul-2006

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (6)

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Fully, Switzerland - 15-Jul-11-1

Photo © Pete Eeles

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Farm Lator, Hungary - 15-Jul-06 (4)

Photo © Pete Eeles
15-Jul-2006

Spotted Fritillary - Alpes-Maritimes - 14 August 2011

Photo © CFB
14-Aug-2011

Spotted Fritillary pair Arda Valley Bulgaria 15/6/13

Photo © jamesweightman
16-Jun-2013

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Nr Santa Engracia, Spain - 20-Jun-10 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles

Spotted Fritillary - imago - Gola del Infernaccio, Monti Sibillini, Italy - 16-Jun-08 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Jun-2008

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Ovum

Description to be completed.

Spotted Fritillary egg laying + eggs; Arda Valley Bulgaria 15/6/13

Photo © jamesweightman

Spotted Frit eggs M. didyma 20.07.2014 Provence [Tim Norriss]

Photo © Tim Norriss
20-Jul-2014

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Larva

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Spotted Fritillary - larva - Fully, Switzerland - 15-Jul-11

Photo © Pete Eeles

Spotted Fritillary - larva - Fully, Switzerland - 15-Jul-11-2

Photo © Pete Eeles

Spotted Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 20-Apr-11 (1) {REARED}

Photo © Pete Eeles

Spotted Fritillary - larva - Thatcham - 20-Apr-11 (6) {REARED}

Photo © Pete Eeles

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Pupa

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Spotted Fritillary - pupa - Bukk Hills, Hungary - 09-Jul-06 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
10-Jul-2006

Spotted Fritillary - pupa - Monti Sibillini, Italy - 20-Jun-08 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
21-Jun-2008

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Aberrations

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Esper (1779) Esper, E.J.C. (1779) Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen.
Fabricius (1807) Fabricius, J.C. (1807) Magazin für Insektenkunde, herausgegeben von Karl Illiger.
Newman (1871) Newman, E. (1871) An Illustrated Natural History of British Butterflies.
Rafinesque (1815) Rafinesque, C.S. (1815) Analyse de la nature ou Tableau de l'univers et des corps organisés.